Certificate of Appropriateness Testimony

HDC@LPC Testimony for April 25th, 2023

Certificate of Appropriateness Testimony
40 East 72nd Street – Upper East Side Historic District
A neo-Classical style apartment building designed by Schwartz & Gross and built in 1928. Application is to install a canopy.
Architect: Rice Architects
While the canopy itself is perfectly appropriate, we feel a serif font for the address would be more appropriate. 
Action: Unanimously approved with modification that they work with staff to make the canopy one color.

85 Sterling Place – Park Slope Historic District Extension II
An altered Italianate style semi-attached house built in 1869-80. Application is to enlarge an existing rear yard addition.
Architect: Sotir Associates
The height and massing of this rear yard addition seem appropriate, but we find that the fenestration from floor to floor is not compositionally consistent. We also find the wood and steel rear porch detailing to be unaligned and awkward. This proposal needs further refinement.
Action: Unanimously approved

118 North 11th Street – Hecla Iron Works Building – Individual Landmark
A manufacturing building with simple classical style ornamentation designed by Niels Pouslon and built in 1896-97. Application is to create and modify masonry openings, install infill, replace windows and install signage.
Architect: Higgins Quasebarth & Partners
HDC supports this proposal and is glad to see the restoration of windows on the ground floor. We are aware that restoring the windows in the second bay is unfeasible due to code compliance, but we would love the applicant to consider additional measures for the second bay, such as using the same brick as used in bay one, which we feel would be more appropriate than the existing concrete block. 
Action: Unanimously approved with the recommendation that the explore retaining the original signage

345 Decatur Street – Bedford-Stuyvesant/Expanded Stuyvesant Heights Historic District
A stripped Italianate style rowhouse designed by George H. Prior and built in 1878 with later alterations. Application is to alter facades, construct a rooftop addition, and excavate a portion of the rear yard.
ArchitectGarrison Architects
HDC finds this proposal generally appropriate, intriguing and successful. We particularly like the porch. In our discussion about the original clapboard and shiplap sidings, we wondered if the applicant could find a clever way to incorporate both clapboard and shiplap into this proposal. While the proposed cornice is interesting, a more significant cornice projection would provide more protection for the building’s cladding
Action: No Action

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